10 Awesome Surfboard Artists That’ll Get You Super Stoked for Surf Season!

We love surfing and felt the need to highlight some of the amazing talent from around the world in surfboard art.  Here are ten of our favorite artists with examples of their work. Click the image to enlarge.


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Fieldey, or as her mom calls her, Haylee Fieldes, started out on her career path studying graphic design in Sydney, Australia before spending a few years travelling and then working as a graphic artist in London. In 2007 she moved to Perth where she picked up surfing and decided to custom-paint her own board. The rest, as they say, is history.  Her popular YouTube channel Fieldey TV, and blog tutorials have helped to make her a rising star in the surf art scene. As an addition to her great surfboard art, you can see many uniquely designed mural of hers throughout Perth. The board we are highlighting is titled “The Saucy Knave” which Fieldey says “is one of my favourite boards… it’s a delightful mixture of tropical plants, my favourite fruit, an untrustworthy cad and a galapagos land iguana.”

Check out more of Fieldey’s surfboard art at http://www.fieldey.com/surfboard-art.html and be sure to check her out on
Instagram: https://instagram.com/fieldey
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FieldeyArt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FieldeyArt


Drew Brophy

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Drew Brophy has been a professional surf artist for over 25 years and has always been fascinated by stories of ancient civilizations which is what led him to paint the board we are highlighting titled “The Percession”. He has this to say about this piece, “The Percession painting was sparked during a trip to Mexico where I flew over the Ancient Aztec Pyramids at Teotihuacan in Mexico City. The painting depicts the center of a crumbling Mayan Calendar being overtaken by the roots of the Tree of Life as a golden snake spirals from the sky, wrapping around the surfboard. This marks the end of days and the return of Quetzalcoatl. The pyramid on the bottom of the board represents a re-awakening of ancient knowledge. The waves on the top and bottom of the board represent stories of the great flood and Mother Nature’s ability to reclaim the planet. The balls of energy emanating from the calendar are spheres of light, essentially energy, our life force. In the final days you will either be doomed to start over, or be transformed with this awakened knowledge. It begs for an answer to a question: How have you lived your life?”

Check out more of Drew’s surfboard art at http://drewbrophy.com/portfolio/surfboard-art/ and be sure to check him out on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrewBrophyArt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrewBrophy


Wade Koniakowsky

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Wade Koniakowsky, is one of America’s leading ocean-inspired artists. Wade blends his passion for painting and surfing together to inspire his surfboard art that is recognized worldwide. You can see many of Wade’s signature paintings featured anywhere from movies to international surf competitions such as The North Shore Vans Triple Crown and ROXY sponsored events. One very prominent place to currently view some of his custom surfboards is at Billabong stores nationwide. Wade is also the owner of the Ocean Art Gallery in the Solana Beach Cedros Design District where you can see much of his work in many different mediums. This board we are highlighting is titled “Deep Green”.

Check out more of Wade’s surfboard art at http://www.koniakowsky.com/surfboardart/and be sure to check him out on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Koniakowsky?ref=hl
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+OceanArtbyKoniakowskySolanaBeach/about


Jay Alders

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Jay Alders was raised in Howell, New Jersey and grew up spending time on his skateboard with his friends. His love for surfing came when he got his own wheels and would frequently sneak onto Manasquan’s Military beach after school with his friends to surf and hang out. Jay majored in art at Montclair State University leading to a natural connection of surf and art. You may have seen Jay’s artwork on the covers of Surfer’ Path Magazine and Brazil’s Alma Surf Magazine who also named Alders, “The Best Surf Artist of the Past Decade in 2010“. Jay is also known for his heartfelt philanthropy work and healthy vegan lifestyle. He regularly gives back to the world community whenever possible; in fact a portion of proceeds from every board he sells goes to the charity SurfAid International . The board we are highlighting is titled “Left Behind the Wall”.

Check out more of Jay’s surfboard art at http://jayalders.com/galleries/boards and be sure to check him out on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jayalders
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JayAlders


Heather Ritts

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As a graduate of Laguna College of Art and Design and resident of the Southern California coast, Heather is able to blend her lifelong passion for drawing and painting with the beauty of her natural surroundings. At a young age, Heather began painting surfboards and continues to produce “rideable” works of art for the coastal community and worldwide art collectors. Throughout her continued success, Heather has been invited to paint live at venues from The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel to The Montage Laguna Beach and beyond. Heather says that her goal with each piece is to provide a timeless glimpse into paradise and reflect the designs found in nature with an added twist of imagination. The board we are highlighting is titled “Maui Mermaid”.

Check out more of Heather’s surfboard art at http://artistheatherritts.com/surfboards/ and be sure to check her out on
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/HeatherRittsArt/


Natalie Thompson

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Natalie Thompson is currently attending San Francisco Art Institute and when not attending school lives in San Diego where she says everything from the beaches to the endless sunshine and of course the surf inspires her. She enjoys creating vibrant art and finds the process of creating these pieces to be a great way to escape reality while having the chance to truly express herself. Natalie prides herself giving back to her community and is always willing to share and open her world up to those who are hoping to learn more about the beauty that art holds. The board we are highlighting is titled “Viva la Vida”, inspired by the relationship between Natalie’s home town of San Diego and its bordering town in Mexico.

Check out more of Natalie’s surfboard art at http://www.nataliethompsonart.com/surfboadsskateboards.html and be sure to check her out on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natalie.thompson.125?fref=ts
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sol.surf/


Joshua Ottis Potter

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Joshua Ottis Potter, born and raised in San Diego, California, studied art in San Diego at Palomar College and Mira Costa College. His passion and experience have led him to notable clientele such as Quicksilver, Spalding and T&C Surf Designs Hawaii to name just a few. Josh’s art most definitely shows his passion for surfing as well as his love of the ocean. He enjoys working in a variety of mediums, including graphical design, pencil drawing with digital airbrush, oil painting and enjoys experimenting with non-traditional mediums as well. Josh has spent over 15 years airbrushing his creations onto surfboards in Southern California. The board we are highlighting is titled “Skull Filght”.

Check out more of Joshua’s surfboard art at http://www.potterart.com/#!a-r-c-h-i-v-e-1/kp1mb and be sure to check him out on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshpotterart?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoshuaOPotter
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jpotterart/


Bob Langston

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Bob Langston was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and has lived in Virginia Beach since 1987. Bob has been working as a professional artist since 1985 and graduated with a BFA in commercial art and design from VCU in 1986. Bob loves bringing two of his passions together, art and surfing, when he creates custom designed surfboards. He also enjoys working in many other mediums from film and tv to web based animation to drawing, graphic design , painting murals, drawing caricatures and more! The board we are highlighting is titled “Psychedelic Fish of the Deep”.

Check out more of Bob’s surfboard art at http://www.thebobzone.com/surfboard.htm and be sure to check him out on
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-BobZone-Groovy-Art/284376244569?v=wall&ref=mf


Tonia Senoo

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Tonia Senoo is not only a passionate artist but also an accomplished pilot! Tonia recently chose to leave her career as a pilot that she worked very hard to attain and has been doing since the age of 20 to follow her other two loves, her 3 children and her art. Tonia has always enjoyed creating works of art for friends and family and has, since deciding to stay at home with her children, began to pursue a career in the field as it allows her to be a stay-at-home mom. Her love for surfing and the ocean shows through in her surfboard art as well as her canvas paintings and murals. The board we are highlighting is titled “Fish on Fish”.

Check out more of Tonia’s surfboard art at http://www.hafudesigns.com/surfboards.html


Jimmy Wags

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Jimmy Wags, aka James Francis Waghorn, was born in Grafton, NSW, Australia and currently lives on the coast in the village of Mullaway with his wife and “legendary kid”. He has always had an interest in sports but none have ever topped his love for surfing and skateboarding. Jimmy has always had an interest in drawing and has often created his art inspired by his surroundings which has continued to this day. Discovering paint pens brought a new vibrance and colour palette to Jimmy’s artwork which he continues to use and grow in. It is easy to see Jimmy’s passion for this colorful medium in his surfboard art. Jimmy has a great respect for his surroundings whether that be his friends and family or simply the beauty of the environment he is in and looks forward to continue to grow as an artist while continuing to create “unique (and sometimes strange) artworks for all.”

Watch Jimmy create this board in this time-lapse video!

Check out more of Jimmy’s surfboard art at http://www.jimmywagsart.com/blog/custom-surfboard-art/ and be sure to check him out on
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jimmywagsart/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jiimywags

Harnessing the Wind Outer Banks Windmills

There is a tendency to think of wind energy as a new form of technology, but it is not. Converting the power of the wind to electric energy is relatively new, but using the wind to aid human endeavors dates back to the first windmills that appeared in the Near East 1,200 years ago. If sailing ships are included in wind energy, it’s difficult to find a time in human history that wind was not a part of our energy portfolio.

Since wind is our constant companion, the Outer Banks history of wind energy’s impact on our civilizations is important to discuss. It’s not surprising that one of the potentially largest commercial wind energy fields in the world has been identified off the Outer Banks, located just due west of the town of Kitty Hawk.

The use of wind energy on the Outer Banks has a long and rich history, predated by at least 150 years of government efforts to develop it as an alternative energy resource.

Clear records are difficult to locate, but researchers have identified as many as 21 windmills in Dare County. We do have a record of what they looked like from illustrations made by Union soldier, Charles Johnson, of the 9th New York during the 1861 Hatteras campaign.

Johnson, who chased the Confederate forces across mosquito infested sands in the heat of the summer, likely had a more reserved opinion of the beauty of the Outer Banks than most visitors have. “These windmills, by the way, are about the only things picturesque on the Island, and as objects of study for an amateur artist, they are admirable,” he wrote.

The windmills were an important part of the local economy. Outer Banks fishermen would trade their daily catch with mainland farmers for wheat and corn, and the windmills, operating as grist mills, would grind the grains into flour.

There is speculation, but no indisputable proof, that a hurricane caused the end of the windmill era on the Outer Banks. The Great Hurricane of 1899 swept across the North Carolina coast in August of that year with a wind gust of 140 mph recorded before the Hatteras Village Weather Station anemometer broke … actually it was blown away.

The damage to the windmills that were typically on the water’s edge of the sounds would have been significant. There is still one windmill on the Outer Banks that is operating at the Island Farm on Roanoke Island, although that is a reproduction of the typical “post mill” that was most common. The more modern form of harnessing the wind’s energy is still evident in numerous places in Dare County.

Jennettes Pier Wind TurbineProbably the best know wind turbine is the Bergey Windpower turbine located behind the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills. It is not, however, the only one. The federal government erected a small turbine at Coquina Beach in South Nags Head to power the bathhouse. The turbine at Jockey’s Ridge State Park is easily visible from the road and helps offset the Visitors Center’s energy needs. There is also a wind turbine demo site that Dominion Power maintains at their offices located on The Woods Road in Kitty Hawk.

The most powerful and largest example of harnessing the wind is located at Jennette’s Pier, where three turbines generate a significant percentage of the facility’s energy at full power; the turbines are able to provide 50% of the energy needed to maintain the pier.

Monkey Island Outer Banks

The view from the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is extraordinary. To the east the Atlantic Ocean crashes into Corolla beach in channels of white-crested waves; to the south on the clearest days, the water tower in Duck, 13 miles south, is barely visible. Looking west, the Currituck Sound is dotted with islands near the shoreline, and then open water until it reaches the mainland.

Looking north and slightly to the west, there is an island that sits alone in the sound, and someone with binoculars, or particularly acute eyesight, may notice the structures that dot the island.

Monkey Island OBXThis is Monkey Island, named for the Pamunkey Indians, who used it as a hunting camp before European settlers came to the new world. The island is a jewel that sits in the middle of Currituck Sound and houses the remnants of a clubhouse, manager’s quarters and outbuildings that have given way to decay over time.

There was a time when the seasons on the Outer Banks were reversed and summer was the slow time of the year, a time when farmers tended their fields. As they brought in harvests, and the first migrating ducks and geese arrived. And, accompanying the arrival of these migratory waterfowl, the Outer Banks hunt clubs filled with the rich and elite of Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C. areas.

At one time there were more than 100 hunt clubs from Back Bay, at the northern tip of Currituck Sound, to Hatteras Island. Few remain because property taxes on the land put many out of business, members found the price of membership too high, and sons and daughters did not have the continuing interest in hunting.

When the Monkey Island Club closed its doors in 1974, a chapter in the history of the Outer Banks closed with it. At one time this club sitting atop a seven acre island rivaled all the hunt clubs of Currituck Sound as a place of wealth and privilege.

Monkey Island was never as ornate or opulent as the Whalehead Club or many of the other clubs surrounding it, yet its membership represented some of the most wealthy and powerful figures of its day.

It first became a private hunting club in 1869 when Norfolk investors purchased the island for $15. It then changed hands a number of times until a group of tobacco executives bought the property in 1919, and they incorporated the island and surrounding land as the Monkey Island Hunting Club.

These weren’t just any tobacco executives, though. They included George Hill, president of the American Tobacco Company, and his executive vice president, Charles Penn, who’s largely credited with developing the Luck Strike brand of cigarettes.

Through the 1920s and 1930s some of the most renowned writers and columnists of the day were guests at the Club. Roland Clark, one of the best known outdoor artists of the day, was a regular guest. According to legend he hunted with a sketch pad and pen in hand.

The hunting and fishing remained good through the 1960s, but in 1974 heirs of the founders decided to sell the island along with two miles of beachfront property they owned. A series of failed businesses followed and eventually the U.S. Fish & Wildlife came into possession of Monkey Island.Monkey Island Aerial OBX

USFW granted the island to Currituck County in 1988 with the understanding that the county would restore the grounds and create a nature center. When the county did not accomplish this, the ownership reverted to back to the USFW.

Today Monkey Island is administered as part of Mackey Island National Wildlife Refuge, and access to the island is forbidden without permission. The island itself is an important rookery for great blue and little blue herons, great egrets and other wading birds.

There are boat and kayak trips that circle Monkey Island, but without permission from the USFW landing on the island is not permitted.

The Outer Banks Second Season

It’s true, the “second season” on the Outer Banks just keeps getting better and better! Without a doubt, the summer is a great time to visit, but the fall is quickly become a very popular second season for those who love the Outer Banks. The weather has cooled and the crowds have diminished, but that is only a part of the big picture as the fall months are alive with great music, the ESA Surf Competition, a seafood fest and a fantastic marathons.

OBX BlueGrass FestMusic appears to highlight Outer Banks events, especially during September and October. The 4th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, held at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, is on September 23-26th. If there is one show to check out, this is it! Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be back for the fourth year, joining headliners Sam Bush and Pam Tillis.

Columbus Day Weekend continues to be an Outer Banks “Music Fest” weekend, leading off with the 5th Annual Mustang Music Festival (October 9-10th), followed by the 9th annual Duck Jazz Festival (October 11th). The Mustang Music Festival runs Friday and Saturday, leaving Sunday open for the Duck Jazz Festival.

At the heart of the Mustang Music Festival is the music, but Mike Dianna, who hosts the Festival, has done an outstanding job of making this a family friendly event. The setting at the Whalehead Club is ideal for an outdoor concert and the music is always great. Back this year, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with their funky New Orleans sound.

It’s difficult to imagine a better venue for live outdoor music than the Duck Town Green, a beautiful and tranquil setting that lends itself to the intimacy of jazz music. The Duck Jazz Festival has become one of the highlights of the fall music scene and with Maceo Parker headlining this year, it promises to be another spectacular day of music.

It’s not just the music that makes the Outer Banks such a great place to be in the fall. The Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) will bring the 26th Annual Artrageous celebration of the arts to Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills on September 26th. The day will be filled with interactive art projects for kids, and it’s the perfect way to spend a day with the family. The DCAC will also be hosting their Ruby Renaissance on October 24th at the Pirate’s Cove Pavilion to celebrate their 40th Anniversary.Outer Banks Fishing

The bounty of the sea is an essential part of Outer Banks heritage, and there are a number of fishing tournaments scheduled in the fall months. One of the longest running tournaments is the
Manteo Rotary Inshore Slam, which used to be the Rockfish Rodeo until rockfish runs slowed, and so the focus and the name changed. This is a great tournament and the proceeds go to the Manteo Rotary scholarship fund.

An important part of our fishing heritage, commercial fishermen have always been an integral part of the community. The Outer Banks Seafood Festival, held on October 17th, celebrates this heritage, and attendees enjoy a variety of music and can sample some very fresh seafood from the cooking demonstrations.

OBX Marathon WinnerNo description of Outer Banks fall activities would be complete without mentioning the Outer Banks Marathon. A weekend event, November 6-8th, it has become a family tradition for many with participation in the Fun Run, 5K and 10K courses as well as a half marathon. The marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. The course starts in Kitty Hawk Woods and ends in Manteo, making it one of the most beautiful runs on the East Coast.

9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival Duck NCThe 9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival will be held on October 11th this year, the Sunday before Columbus Day, and the lineup for this popular event is off the charts! Held on the manicured grounds of the Duck Town Park, people attend for the beautiful waterfront setting as much as they do for their love of great Jazz music.

The Festival is one of those rare events that is free to the public, allows attendees to bring their own wine and beer selections and is a wonderful family friendly activity. This year’s event continues with the tradition of great music performed by outstanding musicians and vocalists.

Headlined by Maceo Parker, his performance style promises something that will appeal to most everyone. For those not familiar with Mr. Parker, just think about the Godfather of Soul; Parker was James Brown’s sax player in the 1960s and 70s when the funk music genre was at the height of popularity. This rhythmic sound was a combination of jazz, soul and rhythm and blues. In addition to playing with James Brown, Maceo has also played with Ray Charles, Prince, Dave Matthews and a long list of notable artists!

If you appreciate heart pounding, feet moving, get your groove going music, then be sure to mark your calendar now. This is the type of funk that gets everyone up. It’s nearly impossible to sit still at a Maceo Parker performance. But the day is more than just Maceo Parker; it could be thought of as a mostly North Carolina jazz revue since Parker is originally from Kinston, NC.

The day kicks off at 11:00 a.m. with the Monitors. This ten person band, whose members’ are scattered throughout the state, have created a unique fusion sound that perfectly blends the blues with jazz. They have fifty years of musical experience between them and have a full spectrum big band sound.

Next up is Mint Julep, another North Carolina based band, who will take you on a nostalgic trip back in time to the crowning moments of the big band era of the 1920s-1940s.

Bria Skonberg is another amazing talent who is creating a stir in the jazz world. An extraordinarily gifted trumpet player, her sound is a bit like a young Louis Armstrong at times, and she tops this skill by being a wonderful vocalist too.

If an entire day of outdoor music is too long for you, arrive at 2:00 p.m. to catch the Bria Skonberg Quintet followed by the distinct sound of Maceo Parker. Although all of the performers are great, this combination will be a close second to spending the entire day on the green.

Aside from this incredible lineup of music, another feature that sets the Duck Jazz Festival apart is the location. The main acts are onstage at the village green, but it’s a short and pleasant stroll to seating at the nearby amphitheater where additional entertainment takes place. There is also a waterfront boardwalk that’s ideal for stretching your legs while enjoying panoramic water views.

As one act finishes and the next is setting up, there’s time to learn about varying aspects of jazz history.
From 1:30 – 2:15, the Monitors take the Amphitheater Stage for a musical history lesson “From Spirituals to Swing,” and about an hour later the First Flight High School Jazz Band plays a set from 3:30-4:00. Jazz Festival Duck First Flight High School

The FFHS jazz band is one of the best around, and each time they’ve previously taken this stage, they shown exactly what the buzz surrounding them is about. They’re that good!

Another great facet of hosting the Jazz Festival in our community is that some of the performers have made appearances at schools to work alongside children in band classes, and traditionally, select FFHS musicians gain the opportunity to perform onstage with the headliners. We hope that happens again this year. It’s a great confidence booster and a wonderful experience for our youth.